Originally Posted By Charles Butler on June 9, 2011
I copied the transcript because I wanted the reading public to know the brainwashing going on in the media that doesn’t get checked by politicians or the so-called Black leaders. Race baiting in it highest forms.
Provided from the TV One website:
MR. MARTIN: The economy isn’t the only hot-button issue that may impact Pres. Barack Obama’s reelection bid in 2012. An ongoing effort under way in Republican-controlled statehouses across the country could be another. Republicans are backing measures that will require photo identification and other type[s] of things, including cutting the number of days for early voting. Republicans say it will cut down on voter fraud. Critics contend it’s a step backwards, and it would dis- — discriminate against the poor, elderly, students, people with disabilities and minorities. Joining me to explain why Democrats are against this move is the chair of the Democratic National Committee, Florida congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, We’re glad you’re here on “Washington Watch.”
REP. DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: Thank you, Roland. Great to be here with you.
MR. MARTIN: Your home state – Gov. Rick Scott is leading one of these efforts, and for the life of me, I – I don’t understand whenever I see Republicans or even Democrats contesting votes and things along those lines. We talk about this is the fundamental right [of] being Americans, but to put roadblocks up to – to – for voting makes no sense to me.
REP. SCHULTZ: Well, I mean if you go back to the year 2000, when we had an obvious disaster and – and saw that our voting process needed refinement, and we did that in the America Votes Act and made sure that we could iron out those kinks, now you have the Republicans, who want to literally drag us all the way back to Jim Crow laws and literally – and very transparently – block access to the polls to voters who are more likely to vote for Democratic candidates than Republican candidates. And it’s nothing short of that blatant.
MR. MARTIN: Now, Georgia has a voter I.D. law that was passed, and the Obama Justice Department – they actually approved that particular law, saying it will not impact minority voters. But other states are looking to – to put into place voter I.D. laws. Your – the DNC’s position on those voter I.D. laws.
REP. SCHULTZ: Well, photo I.D. laws, we think, is – are – are very similar to a poll tax. I mean you look – just look at African-American voters as a snapshot. About 25 percent of African-American voters don’t have a valid photo I.D. I mean – and – and the reason it’s similar to a poll tax is because you’ve got the expense. You’ve got the effort. The- — there’s difficulties for s- — for many people in getting a photo I.D. So, you’re literally just throwing a barrier in the way of someone who’s trying to exercise their right to vote. And the reason that it’s not necessary is because we already have very legitimate voter verification processes, signature checks that are already in place; and there is so little voter fraud, which is the professed reason the Republicans are advancing these – these laws. There’s so little vo- — voter fraud, and I mean you’re more likely to get hit by lightning than you are to see an instance of voter fraud in this country, but Republicans are imposing laws all over the country, acting like it’s not – voter fraud is rampant, and it’s ridiculous.
MR. MARTIN: I spoke of the efforts by Gov. Scott in Florida, and you have many
third-party groups who are saying, “Look. If we’re going to be fined based upon some of these laws, we’re not going to do any registration at all.” [The] League of Women Voters –
REP. SCHULTZ: They dropped –
MR. MARTIN: — they’ve –
REP. SCHULTZ: — out.
MR. MARTIN: — said, “We’re not doing it.”
REP. SCHULTZ: That’s –
MR. MARTIN: This is –
REP. SCHULTZ: — right.
MR. MARTIN: — a major group that’s out there trying to register people to vote –
a nonpartisan, independent group.
REP. SCHULTZ: Rick Scott, the Republican governor of Florida, as part of his
election reform law that he just pushed through the legislature, literally said to third- party groups who register voters, “We’re going to fine you a thousand dollars per voter if you don’t turn the voter registration form in within 48 hours of registering” –
MR. MARTIN: So, if you –
REP. SCHULTZ: — “a voter.”
MR. MARTIN: — have some 10,000 folks’ names on forms, if it’s not turned in
[in] 48 hours –
REP. SCHULTZ: That’s $10,000 [sic].
MR. MARTIN: — you’re looking at a massive fi- — a thousand dollars per voter?
REP. SCHULTZ: Per voter. So, of course, the League of Women Voters said, “We’re not registering voters in Florida anymore.” A- — and, look, Roland, there – there are going to be lawsuits over laws that disenfranchise voters and that are deliberately trying to block access to the polls for certain voters, so I mean we – we – we see through what they’re trying to do. They say they’re trying to prevent voter fraud. There really aren’t very many instances of voter fraud, and we’re not going to – we’re going – we’re not going to allow it to – to – to run roughshod over the electoral process.
MR. MARTIN: I do want to ask you one issue. You and I, we go back and forth on Twitter. We’ve seen this –
REP. SCHULTZ: [Chuckles.]
MR. MARTIN: — drama with Cong. Anthony Weiner.
REP. SCHULTZ: Um-hum.
MR. MARTIN: Do you want him to just give a straight answer? I mean – because part of this deal – and we’ve heard multiple, different things here – although he’s a member of Congress, it’s a t- — it’s – it’s at Twitter. He’s saying he was hacked. He’s still a public official, and so where do you stand on this in terms of, should he be reporting this as an investigation to the federal authorities, if a member of Congress certainly had his Twitter account hacked?
REP. SCHULTZ: I – I think it’s a personal matter that Anthony Weiner is dealing with, and that’s where it should be left. money in Dallas, too. So –
REP. SCHULTZ: Love – love Dallas, but gotta support the hometown team.
MR. MARTIN: — all right. Congresswoman Schultz, we appreciate it. Thanks a lot.
REP. SCHULTZ: Thanks, Roland.
MR. MARTIN: Thanks a bunch.
REP. SCHULTZ: Thank you.
MR. MARTIN: Folks, coming up, the downbeat jobs report may reflect a new
reality for the American economy. We’re just not going to spend that much anymore. My journalists’ roundtable tackles that up next. [END OF SEGMENT.]
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